In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.“
The start of John’s gospel is very different to the start of the other three gospels. John wants to bring our attention to the importance of his book and its message, by placing it in context – that it is a message that has had relevance, significance and its beginning at the very beginning.
The Word was with God and the Word was God – and everything was made through the Word.
What or who is the Word? It’s Jesus – who is God, who has always been part of the Godhead and who was a key actor in Creation.
As created beings, we too were made through Jesus’ power. Through the Word. And we know that as we live out our lives here on this earth, we are always guided by the Word – by Jesus – by God.
It’s a huge comfort to us in times of trouble; when everything seems to go wrong, or when we just don’t seem to have enough time to do all our tasks or chores – especially before Christmas! – we know that Jesus is always with us. The Word which breathed life into Creation is still sustaining us.
So thinking about that, today’s actions are to PRAY in two ways;
- Pray with another Christian or with several others. Text your pastor, spouse, friend or another church member and either meet up and pray together, or pray individually. Nothing says that we trust God more than actually bringing our concerns and heart-wishes to him in prayer!
- Think about those who you have bought or planned Christmas gifts for, and spend a few minutes praying for them. Pray God would open their hearts to his transforming Spirit. And then pray for those who you don’t know in your community, but who do not celebrate Christmas.
Praise God for the uniqueness of Jesus.
Thank God that his Word sustains and guides us in our daily lives
Pray that people who do not yet know Jesus would come to see the truth in his Word